Where to to get answers about extended absence while holding C-permit?
After many years here I am looking at going back to Canada, at least for a year or two. I live and work full-time in Zürich. I will be working until the end of March, and planning on going back to Canada sometime in April.
I want to do everything I can to keep my C-permit, in case I change my mind. My understanding is that without doing anything I have only 6 months. I also know this is extendable up to 4 years, but only under special circumstances. (i.e., employment, education, etc.). I am actually considering education in Canada as a possibility. Does anyone know how long I would be required to stay in Switzerland if I were to return every 6 months?
Out of curiosity, what would the procedure be if I were to go on a world-trip lasting longer than 6 months? This is something Swiss people commonly do. Do I, as a foreigner, simply not have that right?
To get specific answers regarding my permit and what I can do, should I go to my Kreisbüro, or the Migrationsamt? Since it's only possible to go during work hours, I would really like to avoid going to either and being told that I need to go to the other.
Thank you in advance for any information!